Offshore Injuries and Maritime Law

In addition to the dangers of a traditional oilfield, workers also face danger when drilling for oil offshore. When a worker is injured offshore, the results may be catastrophic and can include the suffering of a serious or potentially life-threatening injury or even death. Injured workers face the burden of large medical bills in addition to trying to provide for their family while facing lost wages and an inability to perform work as normal.

What Are The Statistics Surrounding Offshore Injuries?

  • Most U.S. offshore drilling takes place offshore in Louisiana, Texas, California, Alaska, and other areas with coastal onshore oil and gas fields.
  • From 2007 to 2013, there were 42 fatal offshore injuries along the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • In the same time period, there were a total of 1,988 offshore injuries in the Gulf of Mexico, but only a total of 129 offshore injuries in the Pacific Ocean.
  • The most common offshore injury incidents were fire and explosions with a total of 892.
  • The next common offshore injury incidents were collisions and spills.

Common Offshore Injuries

Given the hazardous condition workers must operate in, there are any number of injuries that can happen in the offshore workplace. A few of the more serious maritime injuries include burns, head injuries, brain damage, back injuries, loss of limb or amputation injuries, exposure to toxic chemicals, and even death.

Offshore injuries can also happen in any number of areas, including the oil platform, drilling rigs, vessels, docks, and other different types of offshore structures.

An employer or their agent can also be found negligent if they commit an act in which a person or persons engage in unsafe activities, failure to perform proper maintenance, fail to adhere to industry recognized safety standards, engage in or any activity in which someone exercising ordinary care would not partake under similar circumstances.

Personal Injury Lawyer & Offshore Injury Lawsuits

At The Potts Law Firm, we are dedicated and experienced in helping those victims and their families who have suffered offshore injuries that are covered under the Jones Act or other maritime law. To learn more about all of your options after an injury at sea, call us toll free at 1-888-902-6245 for a free consultation to discuss your case with an offshore injury lawyer.